Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on April 4, 2013.
Reading: Genesis 1: 1- 2: 4a (Click to read text)
I was 15 years old, sitting in the woods, reflecting on what I was seeing when I wrote this poem about creation:
Beyond the trees so lovely,
The little birdie sings
As he watches the daybreak
Fluttering his wings.
God has painted a picture
For all of us to buy
Not with money or words
But only if we try.
I also recently found this poem that I wrote. I’m not sure when or why, but it also speaks of God’s creation:
At the start there was nothing
Except for God, who was the king
God said let there be no more void
So, suddenly light was employed
The heavens next were in the sky
But we don’t really know why
Then next came plants, the moon, and stars
But it would be centuries before we’d have cars
Leviathan swam in the big blue sea
On the earth roamed the animals and the bumble bee
With all this stuff God had a plan
God decided to create man
But man was lonely, he needed a mate
Woman came to procreate
God created and now we say
Let’s take care of it every day!
Creation is meant to be enjoyed. In this first chapter of Genesis, we see God creating and saying, “It is good.” We are to enjoy our surroundings today and everyday.
God’s Word is also like creation. We should enjoy it each and every day. Sometimes, like gnats and flies and other pieces of God’s creation, we may not totally understand scripture. But, we should look to God in everything. What a comforting thought to help us as we celebrate not only creation but God’s living Word.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray the following prayer. Lord, may your Spirit be my guide as I celebrate and take care of your creation. Thank you for all you have made for me. You are good all the time! Amen.
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